Meant to post this yesterday, but got so caught up in other things that I never got around to it. I was really excited as I expected a lot of kids to show up at the door because the apartment complex we’re in is under a new management that had actually taken the time to schedule community events this year. I figured with it being somewhat organized we’d see a higher turn out and so I bought three bags of candy, but my excitement soon faded as after an initial rush of maybe 16 or so kids the remaining half-hour trickled by without so much as a ghoul in sight. Which means I’ve still got 90% of the candy we bought despite letting each kid grab a big handful. Well, we encouraged them to grab a big handful, but a few of them didn’t seem to understand and walked off with only a couple of pieces. Afterward, I sat on my recliner and watched old horror movies on cable until AMC’s The Walking Dead came on then we watched that and I went to bed so I could be awake this morning for work. All in all it was a nice Halloween if a bit disappointing in the number of kids who A) actually came by and B) actually had a costume on.
I’ve also been meaning to mention that we have a new member of the Jenkins family in the form of kitten by the name of Cuddles, whom you can see over on the left. Whereas Melvin is the epitome of the Stupid Evil Bastard mindset — which is why he’s the Official SEB Cat — Cuddles is the antithesis of it. He’s an orange tabby American Domestic short hair and he’s one hyper-kinetic ball of lovin’. This is a cat not afraid to walk on your face at 5AM while purring so loud as to rattle the windows because he’s decided it’s time he needs some hardcore ear scratching. Whereas Melvin will only step in your lap long enough to cross from one arm of the chair to the other, Cuddles will curl up right in the middle of it and snore like a chainsaw hard at work. This is a happy, friendly, lap-warming bit of cute overload who will climb up your pant leg to sit on your shoulder just to say hello.
Many of you may remember we tried to add a second cat named Beanie awhile back that didn’t go over so well with Melvin. She was an adult female cat of a similar age to Melvin and after seven months of getting the shit beat out of her by Melvin we ended up giving her to a cat foster home so she could be placed in a better environment. (She’s been doing quite while ever since.) So you may be wondering how things are going with Cuddles and Melvin.
I’m happy to report that after just a week they’re getting along just fine and Melvin is even occasionally playing with the new kitten. Initially Melvin was his usual grumpy self and hissed and growled at the kitten, but, unlike Beanie who was absolutely terrified by Melvin’s antics, Cuddles would back off long enough to let Melvin settle down and then would get right back into his face again. He also makes this cooing sound when interacting with Melvin which I have come to understand is kitten-speak for I’M JUST A LITTLE KITTEN WHO HAS NO INTENTION OF BEING ALPHA CAT. PLEASE DON’T KILL ME! It seems to work as the worst Melvin acts now is like an older brother who has gotten an annoying baby brother after years of being an only child.
So we’re back to being a two-cat family and this time it looks like it’ll work out just fine. Anne is happy because we now have a kitten that will curl up on your lap and let you pet it for hours on end. Plus it worked out well for Halloween as we had an orange and a black cat sitting in the window as the kids came up to get their candy.